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April 22, 2018

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 33:5-6 The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  4:8-12 “There is no other name by which we must be saved.” In those days: Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “Rulers of the people and…

Sunday Readings : Third Sunday of Easter

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, 0 God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15.17-19ab “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the…

A Fresh Start

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today, we have an offer of a fresh start from the risen Lord as we are no longer bound by the consequences of our sin. He wants us to become a people of the resurrection.  In the First Reading, St Peter assures the people of Jerusalem that, despite their conspiracy against Jesus, God has turned the evil of the passion into a definitive victory over evil, suffering and death. Christ has broken the bonds of sin and death and opened the door to a new life. His resurrection makes holiness and lasting happiness possible for us. That is what…

Orlu Diocese: Learn to sacrifice for others – Fr. Idimogu tells Christians

  Christians have been urged to imbibe the spirit of applying whatever talents and riches given to them by God to the well-being of others, as well as the society. The Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church Umuna in Orlu L.G.A, Very Rev Fr. Bede Idimogu gave the admonition while delivering a homily during the Easter Sunday Holy Mass in his parish. He told Christians to sacrifice whatever they can for the sake of evangelization, as it helps to build their relationship with God. He stated that in our society today, both the old and young have something to contribute…

OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

  Christians have been called upon to be thankful to God at all times and make sacrifices for propagation of the gospel. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Nwachukwu Okwosa (SDV) said this in a homily during Easter Sunday Mass/Thanksgiving in appreciation of God’s graces/favours by Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha for his two-term tenure (December 2010 – Feb. 2018) as President of the CMO of the Parish/Zone. The celebration took place at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta. Fr. Okwosa asserted that nothing is impossible for God to do (Ifeanyichukwu) and whosoever professes Christ and work in his ways shall never be disappointed. He enjoined…

THE POWER OF EASTER

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Easter Sunday is the greatest Sunday of all! Jesus is alive since “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Adam’s rebellion is reversed and our communion with God is restored. We have become partakers in the divine nature, assured of divinization. What a great paradox to be so immeasurably rewarded for our sinfulness – O Happy Fault! That is the amazing splendor of God’s ineffable love, the unfathomable, inexhaustible fountain of divine mercy. Christ’s resurrection means everything for us: It gives meaning to the blood-stained darkness of the cross and authenticates everything Jesus…

Easter Sunday Reading 4/1/2018

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts l0:34a.37-43 “We ate…

Easter: Rising with Christ

  Christians all over the world, after 40 days of Lenten observance are today celebrating Easter Sunday, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is a mystery of great significance and the highest point God’s intervention in the story of man and the economy of salvation. It was an event that brings hope in all situations to individuals, families and society. Easter tells us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that even after death, there is life. The Resurrection marks the victory of Christ over sin, death and powers of darkness….

The Mysteries of Christ’s Resurrection

Today is Easter Sunday. For us Christians, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Sunday Mass holding in Churches across the world today is among the most attended Sunday services as it marks the end of Lent, a 40 – day period of fasting, prayer, almsgiving and spiritual discipline that is observed by every Christian faithful. While Easter is being marked with great pomp and revelry in certain quarters, we should not lose sight of its overall significance. Beyond the culinary pleasures associated with the feast let us not forget that, had the…

Easter reading

Entrance antiphon                   Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your  spirit rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34a.37-43 “We ate…

The Spirit of HOLY WEEK: Its Tradition and Spiritual Imports

The last three days of the forty days spiritual journey with the Lord through fasting, prayer and almsgiving usually launch us into the solemn atmosphere of recalling the events surrounding the salvific mystery of humanity. Right from antiquity, these days were designated as “Holy” and were set-aside for the commemoration of the paschal mystery of our Lord which reached its apogee with the service of Easter vigil on Holy Saturday. It is often the long awaited moment in the spiritual life of the Church. The week reflects the tender and humble nature of our Lord and Redeemer. It always comes…

Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN Global Catholic Network buried amidst crowd

News Credit: WHNT.COM On Friday, mourners attended the funeral mass for Mother Mary Angelica, a beautiful event at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Cullman County. The Roman Catholic nun was known to millions around the world as Mother Angelica, who founded EWTN Global Catholic Network. She was remembered for her loving nature and common sense approach to challenges. About 2,000 people attended the mass, including bishops and clergy from around the world.  Admission to the upper church was by invitation only, but a large crowd gathered in the Shrine’s Piazza to watch the funeral on large screens.  They…

Pope denounces terrorism in Easter Mass amid tight Vatican security

VATICAN CITY — Amid the tightest security ever for an outdoor Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Easter Sunday lashed out at the “blind and brutal” terrorism afflicting Europe, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Five days after Islamic State attacks in Brussels killed 31 people, extraordinary security controls left some faithful waiting in line for hours and forced some to watch the Mass from up to three-quarters of a mile away from St. Peter’s Square. Even so, the ceremony drew as many as 200,000 on a sunny and crisp Easter morning, according to media reports. Speaking from the balcony of St….

EASTER SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord….   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34a. 37-43 Theme…

Sunday Readings: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. PS 98:1-2 O sing a new song to the LORD, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God constantly accomplish the paschal mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 9: 26-31 Theme: “He declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord.” In…

Easter Sunday (Solemnity)

ENTRANCE  ANTIPHON Cf. Ps. 139:18. 5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34a. 37-43 Theme:…

Obama praises pope at Easter

President Barack Obama praised Francis during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, April 14. In his remarks, the president said he felt the spirit of the hope of the Resurrection and of following Jesus when he met Pope Francis on Mar. 27 at the Vatican. “Those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” Obama said. “Some of it is his words — his message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the outcast. He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being,”…

Rising with Christ on Easter Sunday

Nigerian Christians will arise and celebrate Easter, today with the rest of the world. Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only son, who rose triumphant today as a victor from the dark domain. Easter is the bedrock of the Christian faith – for had Jesus Christ not risen from the dead, there would have been no basis for our faith and hope of eternal life. So today is a celebration of our hope of resurrection. Even in the midst of our challenges as individuals and as a nation Jesus’ victory gives us an assurance…